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Along the banks of the historic Suwannee River in White Springs, Florida folk artists have gathered since 1953 for Florida's most prestigious cultural event. The 62nd Annual Florida Folk Festival on May 23, 24 and 25, 2014 at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is one of the oldest and most revered state folk festivals in America.

Complete participant schedules for 2014 will be posted prior to the festival.


Traditional Demonstrators


Traditional Crafts are practiced or sustained in a family or community and serve a purpose within that family or community. Unlike "art for art's sake" or craft that is learned through formal instruction, traditional craft is pursued for the sake of one's occupation or faith, by social custom, or in the conduct of daily life. Michael Berg learned to make working decoys, intended to float on water and to lure real ducks into the hunter's lair. All of the traditional craftsmen listed below are demonstrating their craft's materials and techniques during the Florida Folk Festival. All learned their skills from their families or communities and continue the tradition as a way of honoring their heritage. Exploring their personal stories is a great way to learn more about the history and culture of Florida. Visit them throughout the Festival grounds or in the Traditional Crafts Demonstration Tent at the top of the hill at the Amphitheater Stage. 

 The crafters listed below are a sampling of previous festival demonstrators.  A complete list of current year participants is posted prior to the festival.

Michael Berg makes hand-carved working duck decoys

 Margaret Horvath is a master at making Hungarian embroidery and needlework and an expert on regional designs and history.  Margaret will be demonstrating in the Folklife Area.

 Lita Swindle demonstrates hand weaving and spinning

 Nancy Traver demonstrate hand knitting, lace tatting and hand woven items

 Willie the Losen, located on the Museum lawn demonstrates split rail fence making, shingle making, hewing logs to construct a log cabin and palm frond weaving for making baskets and other items.


At the Luthiers Exhibit you'll meet some of the state's makers of handcrafted stringed instruments who use both raw materials and commercially available supplies to construct one-of-a-kind guitars, banjos, dulcimers and other musical instruments. 

John Catches makes acoustic guitars, open-back banjos, gourd banjos and hammer dulcimers.

Ken Miller makes high quality, hand-crafted musical instruments - guitar, mandolin, ukele, Hawaiian guitars.

Chuck Willer makes handcrafted guitars, mandolins and other mandolin family instruments of solid wood construction and bindings with mother of pearl and abalone inlays.


Amphitheater and
Old Marble Crafts!


Amphitheater and Old Marble Crafts showcase the great variety of Florida's artists and natural resources. Inspired or handed down by traditional ways of the past, or styled with the designs of studio art, Florida's craftsmen pursue the creative expression of their history and culture. Handcrafted furniture, detailed reproductions of Native American shell carvings, rich Hungarian embroidery, and handmade musical instruments are sold alongside fine jewelry, functional studio pottery, handwoven apparel, and home made jams and jellies. Craftsmen demonstrate their skills throughout the craft areas, so take a leisurely stroll and visit with the artists whose work helps to support the Florida Folk Festival. All craft vendors contribute a percentage of their sales to the Festival. When you patronize these artists you are supporting both the creativity of Florida crafts and the continuation of the Florida Folk Festival!  The artists below are just a sampling of previous festival participants. The 2014 festival crafters will be updated as the festival nears.

Patricia Albala, The Butterfly Lady, hand painted wooden butterflies and paper art

 Catherine Akins, NoFlaGo:  hand decorated gourds including lidded gourds, hanging gourd, purses, incense burner, and shelf décor

 Bob Andrews of A.C.L. Leather:  handbags with native skin inlays - gator, stingray, snake - hand sewn briefcase with calf skin inlays, backpack made of native deerskin, deer skin waist pack, western style vest, leather boxes

 Elvira Ashers of Verash: hairpins, combs, barrettes, earrings, bun and ponytail holders in brass, copper, sterling silver, gold, acrylic and gemstones

 Kathryn Basham, Medicine Song Crafts:  Fiber arts – macramé, weaving, crochet, knitting, sewing, and baskets

 Marc Batuigas, Jiana’s Treasure Chest:  handmade coconut shell handbags and accessories.

 Brian & Jan Blackmore, Rainbow Designs: handcrafted jewelry from precious metals, semi-precious stones, pearls and crystals.

 Terry Bodeker: original designed and handcrafted cast silver art jewelry with nature and wildlife themes, especially Florida sea life..

 Matthew Brabham, Our Pottery:  wheel thrown pottery with sculptural decorations of small animals, mostly lizards and frogs.

 Tom Brown, Ozello Islands Products: Pepper sauces, pepper glazes and pepper jelly.

 Alice Cappa of Weaves by Cappa has hand woven wearables and accessories in natural fibers.

 Bharati Chaudhuri, Creative Studio: traditional Henna painting, pottery with ethnic designs, note cards and body art. 

Ibiyemi Efuntosin, Ibiyemi's Afrikan Arts & Crafts: African styled handmade arts and crafts items:  African musical instruments; Shakeray - beaded hand drums; Owari - stone game of strategy; dolls, notions, purses, wallets, handbags, scarves, jewelry, Attire – Shokoto (pants), Buba (shirt) , Lapa (skirt ) and Gele (head tie).

 Susan Davis of Susie Q Gourds:  gourd art - wood-burned, weaved, painted, carved, one-of-a-kind gourds

 Antonio Falla, Antonio Designs:  handmade jewelry with silver and semi-precious stone.

 Amy & Henry Gernhardt  Cedar Key Pottery        Pottery - limited production pottery and one of a kind pottery and sculptures.  Mugs, bowls, planters, covered jars, vases.

 Bruce Gootner of Cigar Box Music: unique and numbered cigar box guitars and cigar box amplifiers made from recycled cigar boxes.  Each piece is unique and meant to be displayed when not played.

 Marty Haythorn, Ancient Hands: recreations of Southeastern Woodland and Mississippian (300-1450 A.D.) Native American pottery and contemporary revival pottery in the tradition of Florida and Native American art.

 Harriet Heywood of EarthWares:  has hand-made, dyed hemp bags, aprons, clothing, and cotton aprons.

 Margaret Horvath, Hungarian Folk Art: traditional Hungarian embroidery and needlework applied to tablecloths, blouses, dolls, doilies, straw crafts and more.

 Melissa Hughes of Sweetbay Soaps:  handmade cold process soaps

 Gene Jaeger, Unicorn Strings Music Company: bowed psalteries, music books, recordings, instrument cases.

 Albert Jonas:  funcational and decorative Calabash Gourds

 Eric Larson of Winter Park Soap has organic, plant based soaps, lotions and body sugar scrubs.

Bruce and Susan LaWall: stoneware and porcelain pottery in a variety of functional and decorative forms, including mugs, bowls, casseroles, boxes, masks, mosaic wall hangings, vases and urns.

 Michelle Leverett of Strictly Sweets: baked goods, cupcakes, cookies, cake pops,  art work, painting, jewelry, crafts

 Tom Levine of Defiant Worm Books is a Florida writer with two books – “Paradise Interrupted” which celebrates natural Florida and “Bite Me!,” a collection of his best fishing stories.

 Katelyn Lynch demonstrates Yoga and conducts Yoga workshops throughout the day adjacent to the Environmental and Cultural Heritage Awareness Exhibits near the Tower.

 Mary & Mom, apprentices of longtime festival tie-dye artist Mark Wright, have Tie-dye arts, including t-shirts, dresses, socks, shoelaces and hats 

Ethel McDonald, Marie's Home Canning: home canning:  jams, jellies, pickles, relishes; handwoven jelly baskets; hand-knitted dish dolls; handmade aprons

 Rusty Miller, Rusty Miller Stoneware: studio pottery in functional forms, including dishes, mugs, bowls, pitchers and platters.

 Jeff & Brooke Mohr, Mockingbird Forge:  hand forged decorative and utilitarian ironwork, handmade brooms.

 Janet Moses, Janet Moses & Co.: paints a variety of primitive motifs on old windows, doors, tin and other items, including plants, chickens, sheep, cows, birds, fish, and local landscapes.

 Greg Nason, Earthwares: scroll work made on a foot-powered antique scroll saw of pictures, shelves, military insignias, bookmarks, boxes, puzzles, bowls and clocks.

 Eddie Osborne of Pan African Arts has assorted hand-crafted African and African-American musical instruments, including Gourd Rattles (Sekere, Axatse); Thumb Pianos (Kalimba, Agidigbo, Ndong); Xylophones (Bala, Gyile); drums and musical bows.

 Christina Raymond:  massage or assisted active isolated stretching offered for a fee to help release tight muscles, improve posture and help- relieve chronic neck and low back pain

 Bill Roberson, The Suwannee Cracker of Suwannee Cracker Art, has pen and pencil drawings, note cards and handcarved walking sticks 

Ben Rogers of Tinker’s Forge demonstrates and sells hand-forged items.

 Michael Ryan of Seashell Music has musical seashells created by drilling pitch holes to resonate the air inside spiral and bi-valve seashells.

 Dan Santini of Santini Leather: handmade leather goods including, backpacks, ergonomic bags, messenger bags, purses, briefcases, travel bags

 Robin Sapp of Peace of Glass has stained glass panels, sun catchers, bugs, and pendants influenced by nature.

 Ruby Shaw has homemade peanut brittle.

 Ronnie Smith, Ronnie’s Creations:  unique handmade pieces of furniture made from old wood, old houses and old barn wood from the North Florida area. 

Lita Swindle & Eva Clayton, Clayton & Swindle: demonstrate the spinning and the making of rag rugs using a rigid heddle loom. Demonstrations and sale of rag rugs, cloth and fiber items, handmade looms and belt looms, spinning wheels and drop spindles.

 Melody Swindle of MS Designs has artwork created with and from recycled materials with a sense of humor, featuring statues, wall pieces, hanging vases, candelabras, wine stoppers, bird houses, bird feeders, jewelry, key chains and more.

Stella Todd, Fascinated by Faces:  faces in clay on flower pots, masks, bases ugly jugs, strings of head beads and more.

 George Tortorelli  Medicine Wind Music has handmade, fine-tuned bamboo flutes and bird whistles made from sustainably harvested, home-grown bamboo.  All bamboo planted and harvested in Gainesville, FL; original bamboo flute and Celtic harp recordings.

 Nancy Traver has hand knitted items, tatted lace and hand wovens


Craft Square
You Won't Believe What
These Talented Artisans Can Do


You've seen the products of extremely skilled artisans, but you may not know how they get from raw material to finished goods. Here in the Craft Square Area, you'll get a close-up look at the processes. The Stephen Foster Craft Square is located a short walk from the Carillon Tower. Located in the Craft Square are 5 cabins that serve as demonstration areas for Florida artists as well as visiting artists from all over the country. Over the weekend Florida artists will be working throughout the Craft Square demonstrating various Traditional & Contemporary arts. Pottery, Woodworking, Stained Glass, Fiber Arts, and Blacksmithing are just a few of the arts that can be seen. All of these artists welcome visitor interaction and most sell their finished items.  Many of them can be found at the park on a regular basis. Call the Craft Square at 386-397-1920 for a schedule of daily demonstrations throughout the entire year.   The artists listed below are just a sampling of previous festival participants.  Th 2014 Craft Square Demonstrators will be updated as the festival nears.

Betty Cave Taylor makes and sells homemade lotions and creams for release of muscle pain; herbs mixtures used for health; wire wrapping stones, beading; and natural rocks made into gems.  

Alyson Dal Ponte of Stardancers demonstrates claywork, making clay objects and sculptures.

 Lei Lani Davis  of Heavenly Flower has flowers, jewelry and pins made from various game bird feathers.  She also sells herbs.

 Otis Fourakre makes grits, cornmeal, handcrafted wood items, small handmade boxes, candle holders, hand crocheted items and more.

 Mary R. Fridman demonstrates spinning and weaving.

 Pablo Gonzalez demonstrates blacksmithing techniques and creating items such as nails and wall hooks.

 Diane Hornby of Green Lizard Pottery creates pottery.

 Sherryl Huseonica of Calligraphy By Sheryl demonstrates and creates unique calligraphy and also has original pottery.

 Lynne Hutchins of  Suwannee Song Designs has handcrafted jewelry made of natural stone and hammered metals; handknotted wemi-precious gemstones and pearls.

 Jackie Kelley demonstrates basket making and corn husk flowers.

 John Lacefield of Lacefield Farms demonstrates blacksmithing, creating items such as wall hooks and nails.

 Marie Legerlotz demonstrates knitting, crochet, needlepoint and counted cross stitch..

 Jim Love of Armadillo Leather creates handcrafted leather belts, keyrings, vests and other items.

 Evelyn Riggs demonstrates weaving.

 Linda Schenavar makes handmade magnetic beaded jewelry using semi-precious stone beads and Magnetite beads, crystals and metallic beads as well as demonstrating wire sculptured jewelry. 

John Williams makes harps, dulcimers and bowed psalteries.


More Than a Demonstration;
An Invitation to Participate

Workshops at the Florida Folk Festival provide an opportunity to learn a few basic skills, notes or steps, and then a chance to join with others in enjoying a new experience. Select your favorite activity and have a great time.  Schedules for workshops at the 2014 festival will be posted prior to the festival.



You will find dance represented through performances, workshops, and as a purely recreational activity each evening under the stars.

In Florida, dance traditions reflect the vibrancy and diversity of our people. Most Floridians share social dances during the course of their daily lives, while many others participate in dance events or dance groups that specialize in a particular style.

We will present the dances practiced by Floridians from many cultural backgrounds through demonstrations which will take place on stages throughout the Festival. Many workshops and dance parties will invite visitors to learn a few steps and enjoy the experience of participating in a new dance activity.  A complete schedule of dances planned for the 2014 festival will be posted prior to the festival.



Florida's cooks have created unique flavors using the ingredients at hand and the traditions their families brought when they first came to the state. At the Florida Folk Festival, there's everything from homemade beef jerky to Caribbean-influenced dishes of chicken pilau, hoppin' john, black-eyed peas, and okra and tomatoes. More recent immigrant communities have brought their culinary tastes for warm curries and fragrant rices from Trinidad, and light pastries and seasoned lamb from Greece. Florida's coastal waters offer fresh crab, shrimp and oysters, and its farmers raise fresh strawberries, melons and citrus.

During the Folk Festival you can enjoy collard greens and cornbread or a fine plate of fried chicken from the churches cooking at the Old Marble Stage food shelter. At the Amphitheater food court, there's everything from barbecue and gumbo to lime fizzes and vegetarian fare. From breakfast until the midnight snack, there's plenty of good food at the Florida Folk Festival. The vendors listed are a sampling of previous festival participants. The 2014 festival food vendors will be updated as the festival nears.

Old Marble Stage Foods 

Beulah Baptist Church: chicken and dumplings dinner, chicken pilau dinner, vegetable plate, green beans, collard greens, squash, pickeled beets, cornbread, hoppin' john, tea, lemonade, water; breakfast - 2 eggs, grits and bacon or sausage with toast and coffee

 New Bethel AME Church:  rib dinners, 1/4 chicken dinner, pork chop dinner, pound cake, fruit cup

 New Bethel AME YPD: hot wings with fries combo; sausage n onions with fries, pound cake, chocolate pound cake, red velvet cake, water, soft drinks; breakfast - bacon, eggs, sausage toast

 Sisters Welcome Baptist Church: lima beans & rice, homemade chili & rice, macaroni & cheese, chittlins & rice, pies, cookies, brownies, water, soda, orange juice, fruit punch; breakfast:  Build a bowl breakfast (bacon or sausage, grits, eggs & cheese), flap jacks, omelettes

 Sweet Home Baptist Church: fried chicken dinner, vegetable plate, shrimp creole with rice, side items - chicken, greens, okra, potatoes, squash, peas, carrots, beets, tomatoes, rice; rice krispie treats, pickles, brownies, cornbread

 The Community Revival Center:   smoked mullet, fish dinners, shrimp dinners, hot dogs, slaw dog, potato pie, pecan pie, cole slaw, baked beans, rice, fries, breakfast - grits, eggs and sausage breakfast, New Orleans shrimp and grits, tea, lemonade

 Zion Temple Church: fish dinners, chittling with rice dinner, combo with rice dinner, pie, fish sandwich, tea

Amphitheater Food Area

Accuisine:  vegetarian, broiled fish, curried goat dinners, bitzer meal, curried goat bowl, spicy curried potatoes,  island drinks  

 AnnLee Concessions:  root beer floats, orange drink, pink lemonade, floats, bottled water

 Berrylicious:  strawberry shortcake, chocolate strawberry shortcake, strawberry cheescake, brownie sundae, chocolate dipped strawberries on a stick, chocolate dipped banana with strawberry, strawberry milkshakes, strawberry sundaes, strawberry ice cream cones, strawverry tea, strawberry lemonade

 Chubby Boys Roasters: grilled cheese fresh roasted corn on the cob, corn in a cup, loaded baked potato, loaded sweet potato, hamburgers and cheeseburgers with chips, gourmet hot dogs, chili dogs, slaw dogs with chips, boiled peanuts, frozen slushy drink, iced tea, sodas, water, nachos, pulled pork nachos; grilled wings; grilled pretzels; grilled chocolate panini

 Coffee Shack/Guillery's Shaved Ice:  shaved ice, coffee, expresso, cappuccino, hot chocolate, chai tea, coffee shakes, chocolate shock, ice coffee, hot herbal teas, after shock

 Greek Flame Food: lamb gyro on pita, Greek salad, chicken gyro on pita, combo platter, soft drinks, water  

 Harry's Fresh Squeezed Juices: fresh squeezed lemonade, orange juice, lime fizz

 Island Café:  Jerk Chicken, Jerk Pork, Curried Chicken Curried Goat, Island Stir Fry Vegetable - Meals served with rice & peas, wrap; Café salad or steamed cabbage and fried plantains Jamaican patties, Island Hoagies, Island Hoppin' Fries  Jamaican D&G Bottled Sodas;  Coconut Water;  Sodas; Bottled Water; bottled ting; gatorade

 Phil's Grill: smoked pork burrito and sandwich, garlic herb chicken, prime rib or beef, spinach artichoke, falafel in burrito, blue crab burrito, Baja shrimp burrito, rice pilaf with cranberries and almonds, iced tea

 St. Paul Catering:  bbq ribs platter, bbq chicken platter all with baked beans, potato salad; potato pies, rib sandwich, chicken sandwich, fries, sodas, water

 Sunshine Café & Catering, Inc: pizza, bbq chicken on a stick, fries, curly fries,  jumbo turkey legs, bbq pork, bbq beef platter,  bbq pork, bbq beef sandwich, sides - brown rice, grilled veggies, potatoes, black eyed peas, red beans; fried veggies, fried green tomatos; Texas toast sandwich, breakfast burrito,bagel sandwich,  iced tea, sodas

 Sweet Treats:  funnel cakes, elephant ears, Belgian waffles, malts and shakes, sundaes, fried oreos, fried twinkies, fried candy bars, cotton candy, hard ice cream cones and cups

 Wolverine Concessions:  catfish, grouper, gator dinners,  bourbon chicken, chicken tenders, seafood  po' boys, fish and chips,  ribbon fries, sides (peas, veggies, rice, fried okra), soda, bottled water, iced tea

 East Food Area

Old Fashion Ice Cream:  ice cream cups, cones, IBC root beer floats, water, apple cobbler with ice cream




Marketplace brings the artistry of the world to the Florida Folk Festival. In some instances, the vendors are themselves both the importers and the makers of traditional crafts. They may be new settlers whose booths help to support traditional artists in Guatemala or importers of exquisite beads from around the world. Whether as book and music publishers or the makers of instruments, Marketplace vendors keep the natural and cultural history of Florida alive, and showcase the state's cultural connections with the world. The vendors listed below are just a sampling of previous festival participants.  The 2014 Marketplace Vendors will be updated as the festival nears.

Arte Mexico has regional arts and crafts from Mexico, including Taxco silver, Talavera ceramics, tins and tile, Oaxacan carved and painted wooden animals, black pottery, carved wooden masks, Amate paper drawings, jewelry, paper mache, and cotton hammocks. 

 Floridana Stuff Co. sells used books, used sheet music and related items mostly about music, Florida, folklore, crafts and related topics.

 Gold Tone Banjos is a sponsor of the Florida Banjo Society’s Banjo Contest, they have banjos, mandolins, guitars, resophonic guitars and accessories

 Terre Beasley, Scarlet Fire Glass Beads: handmade glass beads, antique beads, beads and fossils from around the world, jewelry for kids, and other jewelry.

 VioStrap sells a patented violin and viola strap which is designed to assist in holding your instrument to offer you more control and comfort.  VioStrap is introducing brand new products - The Hook & The Loop for other instruments such as ukulele, mandolin



Folklife Area
Sharing Florida's Traditional Culture

Every year the Department of State's Florida Folklife Program researches a special topic on Florida's traditional heritage.  The Festival's 2014 Folklife Area will feature presentations and demonstrations celebrating the diverse cultural traditions in the Upper St. Johns River Basin.


The Seminole Camp
Keeping Seminole Heritage

You'll be greeted at the new Seminole Family Camp with a traditional Che-han-tah-mo? (How are you?) and a welcome to the Ee-toh-lit-kee (Seminole Family Camp) and the Cheekee-chobee (Big Chickee) Performance Stage. Thank you to the Seminole Tribe of Florida for their generous contribution to construct a much larger Seminole Family Camp now located near the Craft Square.

In 1771, John Stuart, an agent of the British Government, was the first to use the term in writing, when he referred to the Creeks of East Florida as Seminoles. Soon, the name was used to indicate all of Florida's Native American people.

Today, an estimated 2,700 Seminole and Miccosukee people live in Florida. The Seminole Tribe of Florida has about 2,200 members, and the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida Indians has about 500 members. Some still build chickees and wear patchwork clothing derived from traditional styles.

At the Florida Folk Festival, you"ll see wonderful examples of traditional Seminole crafts, including:

Patchwork Sewing. The women artisans of the Seminole, like Nancy Shore,  adapt textile arts to suit traditional functions and changing needs. Patchwork is the process of sewing pieces of cloth into rows of designs, joined to make garments. Seminole women use the sewing machine to evoke fire, rain or storm in traditional patterns.

Beadwork. Contemporary Seminole beadwork necklaces, belts and sashes use nylon thread, an odd (never even) number of beads and a ten-inch loom.  Lorene Gopher will explain why.

Dollmaking.  Beulah Gopher will demonstrate the Seminoles unique dollmaking tradition. The dolls are made of palmetto fibers, hand sewn to create the head and body, and dressed in traditional Seminole costumes.

Basketry. Seminole basketry, as it exists today, features old and new traditions, the use of native materials and the influence of other cultural groups. Jennie Shore will demonstrate the two distinct types of basketry–coiled and twilled. Seminoles make coiled baskets for the tourist trade from sweetgrass, which grows in open palmetto-covered fields. Artisans coil the bundles of grass and sew them together with embroidery thread. The bottom of the basket is usually made of palmetto fiber. Twilled baskets were once made of cane but are now made using split palmetto stems, a more readily available material. Palmetto-stem baskets, now almost obsolete, are used in pounding corn to separate meal from hard kernels.

Traditional Seminole Foods. Food sources in Seminole folklore include game meat such as deer, turtle and fish, and vegetables such as corn, beans, sweet potatoes and squash. Of these, corn is the most meaningful and frequently used. One product is sofkee, a cold beverage made of corn by combining hominy meal (hulled corn) with boiling water then allowing the drink to cool. In Seminole frybread, a batter mixture is fried in hot grease in a flat-bottomed pot over an open fire.   Join Mollie Jolly and  Charlotte Burgess for cooking demonstrations.

Wood Carving.  Victor Billie continues his family tradition of woodcarving. With only a pocketknife and hatchet, he produces decorative and utilitarian items from cypress, a soft, close-grained wood. Small alligators and tomahawks delight tourists. He also produces a distinctive style of spoon used to make the traditional corn-based beverage sofkee.


Children's Area

Each year the Florida Folk Festival sets aside an area for youngsters to experience Florida heritage, culture, music and crafts through a variety of activities.


Banjo Contest

The Florida Folk Festival along with the Florida Banjo Society will host an old-time banjo contest again this year. The competition will be judged by a talented slate of judges. The contest is open to old-time banjo playing styles.  Old-time banjo in this context refers to styles pre-dating bluegrass and excludes four string banjo styles.  Registration begins Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Under the Oaks Stage which is the venue for the contest.  Contestants must hold a valid festival pass and pay a $5 registration fee.  Entrants will play two tunes.

Prizes to be announced.


Florida State Fiddle Contest
Work Your Bow And Step Into Stardom

Fiddlers of all ages are invited to enter the official Florida State Fiddle Contest. The contest will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Heritage Stage near the Foster Carillon Tower on Saturday. The awards ceremony will take place  Saturday night on the Amphitheater Stage.

The contest is sponsored by the Florida State Fiddlers Association (FSFA) in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Recreation and Parks.  The contest has five categories (in the order that they appear): Junior (up to 12 years old), Youth (13 to 19 years old), Contemporary, Twin and Rustic. Contestants may enter one individual category and the twin fiddle competition if they wish. Contestants may have no more than two back-up musicians. Fiddles, drums and electric instruments may not be used as backup instruments.

To enter the contest, fiddlers who have not preregistered must sign up at the Heritage and Dance Stage beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. Entry fees are $10 per division for FSFA members and nonmembers. The Florida State Fiddlers Association is a group of musicians and enthusiasts dedicated to perpetuating the art of fiddling by demonstrating fiddling styles and documenting fiddling traditions of the state. Their intention is to entertain and educate with traditional fiddling. The organization has hosted an annual convention since 1981.

In 1990, the Florida Legislature designated this annual competition the official state fiddle contest. Everyone who enjoys good fiddling is invited to attend the contest and experience Florida's varied fiddle music tradition.


Environmental and Cultural
Heritage Awareness Exhibitors

Visit the Environmental and Cultural Awareness Exhibits to discover the people and organizations devoted to conserving Florida's cultural heritage and natural resources, from endangered species and vital rivers, to artists, educators and historical sites. The organizations listed below are just a sampling of previous festival participants. The Exhibitors participating in the 2014 festival will be updated as the festival nears.

Edible Plant Project is a volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to the propagation and distribution of plants with edible properties that are native to north and central Florida. Sales of fruit trees, seeds and other food-producing plants that are appropriate for North-Central Florida.

Florida Banjo Society is dedicated to the preservation and teaching of the Old Time Banjo styles that were popular prior to the early part of the 20th Century. The Banjo Society annual hosts the Old-Time Banjo Contest and seeks contestants that honor and preserve this part of our culture and perform it publicly. They will be located near the Under the Oaks Stage Sunday afternoon during the Banjo Contest.

Florida State Fiddle Association works to increase communication among fiddlers and other oldtime musicians in the State of Florida. They hold an annual convention and conduct the Florida State Fiddle Contest. The fiddle contest is held Saturday of the Florida Folk Festival at the Heritage and Dance Stage. The Florida State Fiddle Association booth is located near the Heritage and Dance Stage.

Four Rivers Audubon Society is an environmental education group dedicated to environmental education, volunteer clean-ups and other projects, and management counseling.

Friends of Florida Folk, Inc located at the top of the Amphitheater Hill has performer recordings and Friends of Florida Folk merchandise

Healthy Gulf, Healthy Communities Project, sponsored by University of Florida, focuses on Florida seafood, its heritage, diversity, and plight after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  Information about the various seafood industries along the Florida Gulf coastline and outcomes associated with the oil spill.  Regional watermen will share stories of their fisheries in their generation, and generations gone by.  Daily seafood cooking lessons, taste tests, oyster tonging and cast net throwing.

North Florida Folk Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping acoustic artists, their fans and venues keep up with what's going on around the First Coast

Paddle Florida, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote water conservation, wildlife preservation, restoration of springs and protection of waterways in Florida.

Save Our Suwannee is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating others about the importance of protecting our water—the rivers, the aquifer, and the drinking water supply. T-shirt sales help to support the work of the organization.

Seminole Tribe of Florida Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum (Located at the Seminole Family Camp) Seminole and Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum inspired merchandise and books.

Suwannee/St. Johns Sierra Club promotes protection of the environment. Information, t-shirts, greeting cards and bags available.

Will McLean Foundation for Florida Heritage in Music presents material designed to educate about environmental protection and cultural preservation through the works of Will McLean and other Florida artists influenced by him. Located at Marketplace.


Performance Schedule Marketplace
Traditional Crafts Folklife Area
Amphitheater and
Old Marble Crafts
Seminole Camp
Craft Square Children's Area
Workshops Banjo Contest
Dance Fiddle Contest
Food Environmental Awareness
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